Letter from the Director
Welcome to the Master’s Degree Program in Urban Studies at Fordham University! Our purpose is to provide future leaders with an outstanding interdisciplinary approach to the city and the urban experience. The MA in Urban Studies is a unique program that moves away from conventional disciplines and instead offers an integrated, innovative curriculum. The Program broadens and deepens student understanding of the interconnected dimensions of metropolitan development and encourages them to think creatively about the future of cities and urban regions. It is ideal preparation for a wide variety of successful careers.
Our students are the heart of the Urban Studies Program. Their field study and research range across a wide variety of challenging topics: urban food systems, municipal politics, housing and gentrification, environmental justice in low-income areas, public space, transportation planning, and more. Each student is paired with faculty experts in their field of interest. Their research is an engagement with the city and its life.
Fordham is privileged to share a history and a destiny with New York City. This great metropolis is our main laboratory for exploring the complexities of the urban world. Students work directly with New York’s many community associations and non-profit organizations as well as with city government. We also take the international dimension as a vital part of the Master’s Degree Program. It is an opportunity for new perspectives on the city and new solutions to the challenges of the future. The Urban Studies Program’s growing partnerships with universities in various regions of the world allows students to attend courses, earn credit, do fieldwork and research directly with experts internationally in their area of interest.
As you learn about the details of the program, please do not hesitate to contact me directly to discuss any questions you may have.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Dr. Rosemary Wakeman
Director, Urban Studies Program